We're a Brooklyn-based nonprofit dedicated to building strong, confident readers.

Read 718
We are a Brooklyn-based nonprofit dedicated to building strong, confident readers.

Strong reading skills are essential to success in school and in life. Too many children do not receive the specific support they need to become engaged, confident readers. In fact, 67% of Brooklyn’s 3rd-8th graders from low-income households are reading below grade level. At READ 718, we directly address this problem by engaging and training community volunteers to provide one-to-one, individualized reading instruction to children who need it. We believe in using evidence-based instruction, building on a child’s strengths and addressing areas of weakness, fostering positive relationships, and giving children the time and space they need to succeed.

“The staff are all very supportive and encouraging and allow volunteers to come into their own as educators.”




A child is referred to us by a parent, teacher, administrator, or other organization because the child needs extra support in reading. The parent/guardian fills out a registration online or in person.


Parent/Guardian and student come to READ718 for reading assessment and intake interview.


READ718 contacts parent/guardian to schedule a reading assessment to confirm student’s eligibility and determine reading goals.


If the child is eligible for the program based on assessment and intake interview, READ718 staff will create an individualized, 10 week lesson plan and pair the student with a dedicated and trained volunteer tutor.


  • 4-Week Winter Writing Workshop

    4-Week Winter Writing Workshop

    A super fun boot camp….with proper punctuation! This four session workshop (February 3, 10, 17, 24 from 1:00-2:30) led by learning specialist Beth Bucher will increase students’ confidence and competence when asked to write about what they read. Your child will review how to effectively plan and structure paragraphs and create a personalized writing resource binder with […]READ MORE